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80 Families Still Living In Shacks While Others Move In To Lagilagi Housing

Fiji Competition and Consumer Commission chief executive Joel Abraham said their investigation into one of the 370 complaints about the Lagilagi Housing Project found this to be true.
03 Jun 2019 11:30
80 Families Still Living In Shacks While Others Move In To Lagilagi Housing
Lagilagi housing at Raiwaqa, Suva, on June 2, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

More than 80 families who were promised homes in the Lagilagi Housing Project at Raiwaqa, Suva, are still living in shacks across the road.

Fiji Competition and Consumer Commission chief executive Joel Abraham said their investigation into one of the 370 complaints about the Lagilagi Housing Project found this to be true.

“There were 80 or so houses where the current Lagilagi project is situated and they were asked to take apart their houses, move across the road and when this is built they would come back,” he said.

But other people are living in the Lagilagi Housing Project.

“What we will be doing is, we are going to make a submission to the court to make a ruling or a decision on whether these people who are staying there can be evicted.

“We won’t just come in and start issuing notices to evict people. We will follow the law and we will make an application to the court and let the court make the decision whether these people should move.

“The people who had already paid for the unit are still in shacks across the street, they need to be given justice. FCCC can guarantee that justice is delivered to the people of Jittu Estate.”

After an inquiry FCCC released a 635-page report.

The Minister for Housing, Premila Kumar, announed Government would be taking over operational control of the project from People’s Community Network.

The project was initiated in 2009 by PCN and Government decided to partner with the NGO by giving State land and $12.7 million.

The Lagilagi Housing project was to house residents of Jittu Estate who had been living in shacks for years.

FCCC said despite what was initially agreed PCN opened up the housing flat to people from other squatter settlements.

Mr Abraham said FCCC would not look at evicting people from other settlements because most had paid a fair amount by now and had been part of informal settlements.

He said FCCC had found that some people were ineligible for the housing asistance and were living there.

“These are people who can afford better housing. There is a particular case where the flat owner is in the United States and the flat is being rented. And the flat even has an air-condition unit,” he said.

FCCC is working with the Fiji Police Fraud Unit and the Financial Intelligence Unit on some of the matters.

Mrs Kumar said the Housing Ministry would have to decide which government agency would be granted operational control of the Lagilagi Housing Project.

Edited by Percy Kean

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